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This Day In Music, September 24th

On this day in 1983: Billy Joel went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Tell Her About It’, the ‘Piano Man’s’ second U.S. #1, a #4 hit in the U.K. In the lyrics of the song, the singer exhorts a young man to tell the woman he loves how he feels about her before he misses his chance.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1983:

1 2 TELL HER ABOUT IT –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-9 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 4 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART –•– Bonnie Tyler (Columbia)-11 (2)
3 3 THE SAFETY DANCE –•– Men Without Hats (Backstreet)-14 (3)
4 1 MANIAC –•– Michael Sembello (Casablanca)-17 (1)
5 9 MAKING LOVE OUT OF NOTHING AT ALL –•– Air Supply (Arista)-9 (5)
6 5 SWEET DREAMS (Are Made Of This) –•– The Eurythmics (RCA)-20 (1)
7 7 HUMAN NATURE –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-10 (7)
8 8 PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ –•– Taco (RCA)-14 (4)
9 12 (She’s) SEXY + 17 –•– The Stray Cats (EMI-America)-8 (9)
10 10 DON’T CRY –•– Asia (Geffen)-9 (10)

11 16 KING OF PAIN –•– The Police (A&M)-5 (11)
12 14 FAR FROM OVER –•– Frank Stallone (RSO)-9 (12)
13 17 TRUE –•– Spandau Ballet (Chrysalis)-8 (13)
14 15 PROMISES, PROMISES –•– Naked Eyes (EMI-America)-11 (14)
15 6 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE –•– The Police (A&M)-17 (1)
16 19 HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU –•– Laura Branigan (Atlantic)-13 (16)
17 26 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton (RCA)-5 (17)
18 11 SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY –•– Donna Summer (Mercury)-18 (3)
19 13 LAWYERS IN LOVE –•– Jackson Browne (Asylum)-12 (13)
20 18 I’LL TUMBLE 4 YA –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-13 (9)

On this day in 1988: Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’, the first a-cappella record to hit #1. It made it to #2 in the U.K. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ was also included in the movie, Cocktail. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1988:

1 4 DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY –•– Bobby McFerrin – 9 (1)
2 1 SWEET CHILD O’ MINE –•– Guns N’ Roses – 14 (1)
3 5 I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU –•– Taylor Dayne – 16 (3)
4 2 SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE –•– Robert Palmer – 13 (2)
5 9 LOVE BITES –•– Def Leppard – 7 (5)
6 3 PERFECT WORLD –•– Huey Lewis & The News – 11 (3)
7 11 ONE GOOD WOMAN –•– Peter Cetera – 10 (7)
8 7 IF IT ISN’T LOVE –•– New Edition – 13 (7)
9 8 NOBODY’S FOOL –•– Kenny Loggins – 12 (8)
10 15 DON’T BE CRUEL –•– Cheap Trick – 9 (10)

11 10 IT WOULD TAKE A STRONG STRONG MAN –•– Rick Astley – 11 (10)
12 14 I HATE MYSELF FOR LOVING YOU Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – 14 (12)
13 19 RED RED WINE –•– UB40 – 22 (13)
14 18 PLEASE DON’T GO GIRL –•– New Kids On The Block – 14 (14)
15 17 A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET –•– D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – 9 (15)
16 6 WHEN IT’S LOVE –•– Van Halen – 13 (5)
17 22 WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) –•– Information Society – 11 (17)
18 21 FALLEN ANGEL –•– Poison – 9 (18)
19 20 DON’T BE CRUEL –•– Bobby Brown – 10 (19)
20 27 DON’T YOU KNOW WHAT THE NIGHT CAN DO? –•– Steve Winwood – 6 (20)

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